In the 3rd year of my Engineering Degree I undertook an unpaid project with a local company to design a winch. This is essentially a cable and cable drum controlled with a hydraulic motor and gearbox assembly and built within a structural steel frame. This particular winch was utilised upon a ship's deck to aid oil exploration.
The design starts with the selection of the appropriate gearbox and motor that will provide sufficient power to ensure the winch is fit for purpose. Then, with the aid of some old 2D drawings, I set about creating a complete 3D Model using Autodesk Inventor Student Version.
I will detail some step by step instructions including 2D Drawings, 3D Modelling methods and as-built photographs in order to highlight somewhat my excitement at being given the opportunity to design and create my first real 3D Project. This is the culmination of 3/4 yrs hard studying and many, many hours of utter enjoyment using Autodesk Inventor. I hope my love for design shines through.
Step 1: Motor and Gearbox
Step 2: From 2D Drawings to 3D Model
Picture 1: 2D Drawing
Picture 2: 3D Model from 2D drawings
Picture 3: Completed fabrication.
Picture 4: Frame generator
Step 3: Fitting Parts Together - 'constraining'.
Picture 1: Bearing housing constrained with bolts to the frame.
Picture 2: Before constraint
Picture 3: After constraint
Step 4: Creating a 2D Drawing From a 3D Model
Step 5: The Finished Product
Once my design project had been accepted, 2D drawings were produced and the fabrication work undertaking to complete the winch.
I was invited to come in and see the completed product. As a student in the last year of my degree, I felt immensely proud of what I had created and was so grateful for the opportunity to display my designing capabilities. I consider this to be the ultimate achievement of my four year learning process.
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